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Old 03-15-2010, 05:07 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Delezynski View Post
When we rode them out at anchor, we used our masks and snorkels when in the cockpit. Simple foul weather gear was NOT enough.

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Regarding riding one out at anchor compared to in a marina. Jill said we should caution others that safety at anchor during any storm is also dependent on any other boats also in the same anchorage. She reminded me of the one we rode out in Puerto Don Juan. There was one unattended big boat there. That did concern us (all) a lot.

During that adventure we all got together before it was due to hit and made a plan. Each boat entering (total of about 23) was hailed on VHF and asked to put a fender or some other float on their anchor. After all boats were in, 2 divers checked every anchor and after it was secure, and it's GPS position taken, the float was returned to the boat. Another group took care of the dinks. It all went VERY well.

Jill also said to tell you “we are NOT nuts”. We do NOT go looking for this type of action!


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Old 03-15-2010, 12:03 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Delezynski View Post
Jill also said to tell you “we are NOT nuts”. We do NOT go looking for this type of action!
Good to know. I'm sure that the adrenalin high you get from one of these storms would last you many years.

As for mask and snorkel in the cockpit, Peter has a lot of experience with that. Hurricane Hugo stalled just off St. Martin and tested everyone's stamina. Because Simpson Bay Lagoon was considered one of the best hurricane holes in the Caribbean, it was jam-packed full of boats from the surrounding islands as well as their own local boats. Too many boats too close together. Good holding didn't stop boats from dragging, especially the barely secured charter fleet. Peter spent 22 hours running svWatermelon's engine to keep her facing the wind and taking pressure off the anchor. He could neither see nor breathe without mask and snorkel on. It was a successful strategy that, coupled with the luck of not being near any of the charter fleet or the small ferry boats from Anguilla and St. Kitts, got Watermelon through Hugo with no damage.

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